"This is a blog that I have created to share valid and researched fitness information. It is a mix of what I know, have learned, and what I find will work for most people that are looking to improve their strength, endurance, weight and overall health." - Jeff Horgan, MS, ATC, PES, NASE
Friday, December 21, 2012
Don't Become a Big Mac: 12/21/12
Obesity is still on the rise in America and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Over one-third of Americans are obese and that number doesn't include those who are simply over-weight. Those mostly affected seem to be Latinos, Americans of African decent, men, uneducated women, and those with higher incomes (can't they afford a gym membership). The results of obesity are not pretty. Some physical complications that might be developed due to obesity are: high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, type two diabetes, arthritis, apnea, unsightly appearance, acne, and many more. One major problem is that the obesity rate is on the rise with American youth and this will put a huge strain on the Medical community in the future. In 2008 medical cost due to obesity were $147 billion and those who are obese spent nearly $2000 more a year in medical costs than those who were not obese. [Still think a gym membership is pricey?] Medical costs will sky rocket nation wide due to this epidemic. And this will affect all Americans' pocket books, not just the obese.